Ashley Pryor (Geiger) is an interdisciplinary artist and scholar (Ph.D. Philosophy, The Pennsylvania State University, 2000), who lives and works in Toledo, Ohio. Her current scholarship is focused on articulating a conceptual ground for community-engaged arts. “The Holding Project” a collaboration with artists Barbara Miner, MFA and Lee Fearnside, has been widely exhibited in Northwest, Ohio in partnership with the Toledo Lucas County Library. Pryor will be presenting the Holding Project to the International Visual Literacy Association in Finland in August 2022. Along with her interdisciplinary scholarship in the humanities, Pryor has participated in three Artists Labs through The Kolaj Institute, her collage work was recently exhibited in Birr, Ireland, and August, and the Limner and Manifest Galleries. Her works have appeared in numerous online print publications. She was the recipient of the 2021 Arts Commission Merit award to support her work bringing collage arts to incarcerated people at the Toledo Correctional Institution through the Inside/Out Prison Exchange Program. Pryor was the recipient of the 2021 Edith Rathbun Award for Community Engagement. A long time practitioner of improvisation, Pryor regularly integrates improvisational games into her teaching in the humanities and is currently writing an article on the subject.
Summer Program in Philosophy
2022 Faculty and Staff
Anthony Weston is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Elon University, where his work and teaching centered on the transformative possibilities of philosophy as a form of inventiveness and imagination. His signature courses included “Millennial Imagination”, “Environmental Visions”, and Philosophy of Pedagogy, along with “Life in the Universe” (co-taught with an astronomer). He was an affiliated faculty member in Environmental Studies and taught in the Honors and General Studies programs as well. In 2002 he was honored as Elon’s Teacher of the Year and in 2007 as Scholar of the Year. Alongside his continuing writing projects, much of his current work is on designing and building a nearby agrarian intentional community, Common Ground Ecovillage. His other interests include hiking, singing, astronomy, strategy games, and – lately – grandfathering.
Michael Randall Barnes is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Rotman Institute of Philosophy at Western University. In Fall 2022, Prof. Barnes will join the Humanising Machine Intelligence project (and the Machine Intelligence and Normative Theory (MINT) Lab) at the Australian National University. Michael received his PhD from Georgetown University in 2019, and a teaching degree from the University of Toronto in 2012. His interests in philosophy range from philosophy of language to applied ethics, and his main work now concerns the complexities of online speech. Michael has published articles in various academic journals, is a contributor to a number of anthologies, and is the co-author of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry on 'Hate Speech.'